• Age Range: 5 and up

    In this how-to video, learn how to make a golf course with panels that you can take apart and rearrange to make your course as easy or hard as you like.

    Steps:
    1. Line up the fir balusters along the edges of a sheet of 2-by-4-foot MDF. Mark them to fit around the entire sheet, corner to corner and flush with the edges.
    2. Using a miter box and hand saw, cut the balusters to length.
    3. Line up the balusters next to the edges of the MDF. Squeeze wood glue onto each baluster, one at a time. Leave a few inches of space between the beads of glue. In the spaces, put down dabs of fast-setting cyanoacrylate glue. Spray the cyanoacrylate glue with activator. Quickly turn over the baluster onto the MDF, line it up, and hold it in place while the cyanoacrylate sets.
    4. Measure across the MDF panel and mark the center. Using a drill/driver fitted with a 4-inch hole saw, make a hole at this mark. Start the cut on one side, but flip the panel over and finish the cut from the other side to keep the MDF from splintering.
    5. Clamp a 34-by-58-inch piece of felt on a worktable. Place the MDF on a plastic drop cloth, away from the felt. Spray the top of the MDF and the felt with adhesive. Let both pieces dry according to the instructions on the can.
    6. Place the MDF on the center of the felt adhesive side down and press. Spray the balusters on the back of the panel and around the hole in the center with more adhesive and let it dry.
    7. Using a framing square and utility knife, cut away the excess felt at each corner. Hold the square corner to corner with the panel, and cut about 1½ inches in each direction. At those points, cut away the felt diagonally.
    8. Get some helpers to lend a hand: Have them pull evenly along all sides of the felt and lift and wrap the felt over the balusters.
    9. Cut the felt in the hole into sections like a pizza. Pull each wedge up and wrap it tightly to cover the sides of the hole. Using the hacksaw, cut the PVC plumbing fitting into a piece about 1½ inches long. Turn the panel over and drop the fitting into the hole.
    10. To build a loop for the golf ball, cut the bottom edges off of two 5-gallon buckets. Tape them together and screw them to two short, angled pieces of composite baluster.
    11. Make as many panels as necessary to build your course. Using a miter box and handsaw, cut the composite balusters as needed to fit around the perimeter of the panels. Make bumpers for the corners by cutting shorter pieces with 45-degree angles at the ends. Cut an outdoor floor mat into different shapes to create the "rough." Make a small table using MDF and short pieces of balusters. Drill holes that go to 1½-inch PVC elbows pointed in different directions to redirect the golf ball. Attach a flexible ramp made from a plastic sign covered in felt.
    • Difficulty: Easy to moderate
      The layout is straightforward, but you'll need a few extra hands to get the felt glued on smoothly and evenly.
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      Tools List

      • miterbox with saw
        Miter box with backsaw
      • drill
        Drill/driver fitted with 4-inch and 2¾-inch hole saws
      • hand clamps
        Spring clamps
      • drop cloth
        Plastic drop cloth
      • utility knife
        Utility knife
      • framing square
        Framing square
      • hacksaw
        Hacksaw

      Shopping List

      One 2x4-foot sheet of ¾-inch medium-density fiberboard
      (MDF)

      Five deck balusters

      Wood glue

      Cyanoacrylate glue
      (aka Krazy Glue)

      1½ yards of 72-inch-wide green felt

      Spray adhesive

      3-inch PVC pipe fitting
      (coupling, cap, or adapter)Five composite wood balusters
      (such as Trex)

      Outdoor welcome mat
      or artificial turf

      Two 5-gallon buckets

      Duct tape

      Three 2-inch PVC elbows

      Flexible plastic sign

      Note: Materials list is for a single panel. The course shown is made up of four panels.